Rarefied racer: Honda’s latest Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R's suspension is firmly sprung, but offers an excellent blend of ride comfort and sharp handling. The Type R has bucket seats that are hip-hugging yet cushy, zero cabin rattle and undetectable vibration at the wheel.
The Honda Civic Type R's suspension is firmly sprung, but offers an excellent blend of ride comfort and sharp handling.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The Honda Civic Type R's suspension is firmly sprung, but offers an excellent blend of ride comfort and sharp handling. The Type R has bucket seats that are hip-hugging yet cushy, zero cabin rattle and undetectable vibration at the wheel.
The Type R has bucket seats that are hip-hugging yet cushy, zero cabin rattle and undetectable vibration at the wheel.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The Honda Civic Type R's suspension is firmly sprung, but offers an excellent blend of ride comfort and sharp handling. The Type R has bucket seats that are hip-hugging yet cushy, zero cabin rattle and undetectable vibration at the wheel.
The Honda Civic Type R's suspension is firmly sprung, but offers an excellent blend of ride comfort and sharp handling.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Honda's latest Civic Type R offers an uncommon blend of everyday usability and hair-raising performance

For a car with more than 300hp and triple tailpipes adorning its bewinged rear, the Honda Civic Type R comes to life in a rather undramatic way.

Hit the start button and the car, which holds the front-wheel-drive lap record on the Nurburgring, comes to life with no more fanfare than its ordinary namesake.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'Rarefied racer'. Print Edition | Subscribe